Your article titled "Bright Angles" (Dianne Klein column, View, Jan. 7) addressed the topic of how a mother not only copes with a special child but finds "that lining" to keep the rain from falling all the time. Nancy Torbitt has another special child besides A.T. and I am sure that she knows it. It adds another dimension that I have observed as a neighbor and which I am sure others who know the Torbitts have also noticed.
I first met Ali as a parent volunteer on a whale watching field trip for my son Michael's third-grade class. While typically giggly third-graders, the girl who stood out was Ali. She is extremely outgoing and a delight to converse with, well-mannered and a leader among her peers, which was obvious as the day developed.
Soon after that day, I was out washing my car on Saturday when Ali rode up on one of those side-by-side bicycles. She rode right up to me and proudly introduced her brother, A.T., with whom she was touring the neighborhood.
My feeling then was that this is a special little girl to spend so much time with her younger brother. You see, other than being so quiet, I had not noticed that A.T. was different. Ali explained it to me in her very positive, matter-of-fact way, and that was that. It would be easy for her to be shy about apologizing for her brother when he was around for the way he was, but I knew Ali was special from the way that she handled the issue.